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DNR Hosts Backyard Fishing Events

June is Great Outdoors Month

Kid with a fish

Annapolis, Md. (June 1, 2012) – Maryland’s Backyard Fishing Program is kicking off summer fishing fun with three family-friendly events to get kids under the age of 16 outdoors and enjoying their natural world.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) launched the Backyard Fishing Initiative in 2010 to create easily accessible fishing opportunities for kids to reconnect with and gain an appreciation for their natural world. Catch a fish is one of the Maryland Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights - and a rite of passage for youth who live in the Chesapeake Bay Region.

“Backyard fishing is a great choice for parents and children who want to spend quality time outdoors,” said Tom O’Connell, DNR Fisheries Service director. “By encouraging our kids to enjoy our natural resources, we are also teaching them to become responsible stewards.”

This year’s events will be held:

  • June 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Parkview Pond in Grantsville, Garrett County
  • June 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Boonsboro Community Pond, Washington County
  • July 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Warfields Park Pond in Glenwood, Howard County

DNR staff will provide the bait, a limited amount of fishing tackle, and assistance with basic fishing techniques, knot tying, baiting, casting and catching fish. Children under the age of 16 are not required to have a fishing license.

For information on the Parkview and Boonsboro events, contact DNR Backyard Fishing coordinator Letha Grimes at lgrimes@dnr.state.md.us or 301-898-9724. For Warfields Park Pond registration and information call Howard County Recreation and Parks at 410-313-7275.

Connect with the Maryland Youth Fishing program online at dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/keepfishing/. Follow DNR Fisheries on Facebook, facebook.com/MDDNRFisheriesService and Twitter, @mddnrfish.

From the Maryland Park Service to the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature, DNR offers countless recreational opportunities, programs and events through which citizens of all ages can enjoy their natural world - and enhance their physical and mental well-being while doing so. Celebrate Maryland’s Outdoor Days June 9 to 23 and learn more at dnr.maryland.gov/cin.


   June 1, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov